SuperSport United coach Eric Tinkler critical of focus, despite Kaizer Chiefs scalp
Posted: 23 August 2017 Time: 21:49
SuperSport United coach Eric Tinkler was highly critical of his players’ dip in response after hanging on for a 2-1 win over 10-man Kaizer Chiefs on Wednesday.
Matsatsantsa looked to be in cruise control from as early as the sixth minute following Erick Mathoho’s sending off, which was followed by first-half goals from Aubrey Modiba and Bradley Grobler.
However, United were in danger of throwing it away after Gustavo Paez pulled one back for Chiefs shortly after the hour mark, although some lacklustre play from the visitors in the second-half ultimately went unpunished by the Soweto giants.
Speaking after the game, an irate Tinkler told SuperSport TV: “In the first half, we really should have killed the game off with the chances that we had. We could have easily come in at half time 4-0 up.
“But we made the game difficult for ourselves. We know it’s never easy playing against 10; I don’t know if it’s a psychological thing, but the chances we created, they went down to 10 [men], we got the goal, we got the second, and then we switched off. You can’t do that with the speed Chiefs have.
“And in the second-half, we weren’t there. We stopped applying the principles that we had practised, and that’s the disappointing part for me.
“Second-half performance was simply not good enough. We gave them [Chiefs] too much time, too much space, and you’re playing against 10, you got a spare man and you’re backing off, and that shouldn’t be happening. So we need to sit and discuss those issues with the players and make them understand you can’t be doing that, especially against a team like Chiefs because they’re going to punish you.
“This was an opportunity to keep a clean sheet and we threw it away, which is disappointing.”